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New city inspector settles into his job

After 28 years of commutes to Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, long-time resident David Fearn will be working a little closer to home as the new building inspector for the city of Brookhaven.

As building inspector, Fearn will conduct inspections on any business or residential buildings being built or undergoing new construction to make sure any electrical and gas service is introduced correctly.

Fearn said besides inspections and learning the ropes of his new position, his largest effort since he began on March 8 is working to enforce the sign ordinance adopted by the city.

“[With elections coming up] that’s a big thing right now,” Fearn said. “We’re trying to enforce the sign ordinance that the city has. If political signs – and other yard signs like those – are too close to the road and in the right of way we get them moved, so that the road looks pretty.”

The purpose of the ordinance includes maintaining an attractive physical appearance of the community of Brookhaven, as well as avoiding advertising distractions which may increase traffic accidents.

“If you travel Brookway Boulevard right now you won’t see signs in the right of way except in a couple of spots we’re working on,” Fearn said.

David said becoming building inspector is a great opportunity for him to use his knowledge and experience gained at Entergy to give back to the community that has given so much to his family.